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When I do exclusives with artists I like to take things a bit further and hand the reigns over to them so that everyone reading the blog really get a sense of who the artists are. Without further ado, here’s Jonny Chino to talk about moombahton, life in Los Angeles, and his latest remix of Fires and Frames by local band Kiven:
“Living in Los Angeles is such a blessing in my life. Los Angeles has gave me opportunities to be part of this Moombahton Movement. Moombahton is starting to be a well known genre in Los Angeles; almost everytime I play a party or club event people have come up to me to either say “Moombahton is awesome” or to ask me what genre was I playing. One of the best events that could possibly happen to me while living in LA was meeting the Muevelo Crew. They have made me part of their family and they are such an awesome crew of people that are making Moombahton noticeable in LA. Whenever they put together events they always bring so much talent under one roof at one time.
But aside from Moombahton, I am starting to take part in the LA “underground” scene. I have recently been attending Loft parties that are so diverse in the music and the people. Its way different than the normal club events that have over run the Hollywood scene. Dont get me wrong, I still attend the club events in Hollywood/LA but these loft parties have really caught my attention. LA has been opening up alot of these clubs that are not well known but are quickly becoming a stable for great music. Its a great escape from the usual crowded room of hot messes dancing around. LA is becoming one of those places where every weekend you will be able to find some type of event for you music genre needs. During the week isn’t to shabby either. All in all I am really happy living in LA, but i also want to give a quick shout out to the San Francisco Crew, mainly Switchblade. So much love came out of that city when I went up there to play a show.
Now, about the local band I remixed; Kiven is energetic and multi-faceted. Truly priding themselves on their live performance, the band is full of energy, personal interaction, and creative adaptations of all their songs that culminate into a striking and spontaneous experience. They come from a variety of musical backgrounds, from heavy metal, to classic guitar, jazz. Their self-produced STEP EP has five tracks that range from the passionate and compelling “The Blur Ensues” to the hard-hitting tune “Release;” each professes the elusive, exciting live sound that are such a rarity in studio recording nowadays. They’re currently writing new material for their upcoming EP in October, and a full length release in early 2013. They also do remixes of their own songs and call them their “ReMade Series.”
I listened to their STEP EP and was instantly in love with the amount of freshness it brings. They are really the difference in rock music. They are making the new fresh sound that the genre needs. Its so different than whats around and is the reason why i was so drawn to it. One of the other reasons why i was so eager about their music was involved with how much their sound represents what i thought LA was all about. You could drive around LA with that EP or their Two in the Same EP and really feel the LA influence. After hearing the EP i decided to ask the band if they would let me do a Remix of one their songs. The band got back to me and was willing to give me a shot. They let me take a take a pick of which song i wanted to remix. After much thought i decided to go with Fire and Frames. So melodic and so awesome i had to try and put a moombahton/moombahsoulish twist on it. After producing the remix and showing it to them, they were on board.
If your interested in Kiven please check them out:
– Jonny Chino